The ropes course has 13 obstacles on the high course
35 feet o; the ground.
The Silver Dollar Saloon provides an opportunity for
games and socializing after the day’s activities.
I got to be a lucky participant in the ranch rodeo!
I did, since it turned out to be my favorite part of the
course. Scaling the wall was just like being a kid again,
climbing as high as you could.
My afternoon was scheduled back at the barn, where
the wranglers were all practicing for the evening’s
rodeo activities. I got to ride a third horse, Ferrari,
a former reiner. Unlike his name, Ferrari much
preferred to move at a very slow pace.
He’d never run barrels, and it had been almost 20
years since I had ridden barrels at summer camp, but the
girls gave me a lesson and we had a few practice rounds.
Wrangler Joe asked if I’d like to compete at that night’s
rodeo; this was definitely an o;er I couldn’t refuse.
Come rodeo time, it was exciting waiting in the
wings for the barrel event, and soon it was time to go.
Our time was probably a little embarrassing compared
to the 20-year-old wranglers on their experienced
barrel horses, but it was still a hoot.
After a few more events like bronc riding and team
roping (local rodeo pros were invited to test their
skills), the festivities concluded with a casual barbeque
at the Blue Canteen, a tent kitchen near the cabins.
The food, as usual, was delicious and had me going
back for seconds … maybe thirds if I’m being honest.
A few of my new friends and I decided to check
ONE LAST HURRAH
out the Silver Dollar Saloon after dinner, and I’m glad
we did. There’s a full-size four-lane bowling alley
(complete with shoes to borrow), a movie theater,
pool table, darts and karaoke. Drinks at the saloon are
served to guests seated on western-saddle stools, a fun
and clever touch. We bowled until our arms gave out
and then headed back to our tents while there was still
just enough light for biking.
The next morning I was scheduled to leave for the
airport, but since my flight was later in the afternoon, I
was able to get in one more activity before departing. I
chose to do archery, something I’ve always wanted to try.
After a lesson in how to use the Ranch’s high-tech
bows, we hiked up and down some steep paths on a
target course complete with foam deer, bison and
other woodland creatures. I was very glad they weren’t
real because it took some practice before any of us
could make an accurate shot.
Before I knew it, a driver was whisking me o; to the
airport. It was sad to bid farewell to Montana, but I’m
hoping to return again soon.
Visit www.theranchatrockcreek.com for more
information. Special thanks to Ariat for providing
apparel and boots for this trip, and to Troxel for
providing the helmet. HI
HOLLY CACCAMISE is the managing editor of Horse Illustrated.